Cochrane RCMP and Calgary Police Service have jointly arrested two people in connection to a string of break and enters and vehicle thefts in the Cochrane and Calgary areas.

These arrests are the result of a month-long project by the Cochrane Crime Reduction Unit and involve multiple investigations in the area dating back to the end of March.

Raymond Clarke, 27, of Calgary, has been charged with a total of 62 offences, which stem from nine Calgary Police investigations and six RCMP investigations. Clarke has been remanded and is scheduled to appear in Calgary court on May 26.

Mellisa Mills, 32, of Calgary, has also been charged with a total of 23 offences which stem from three Calgary Police investigations as well as four RCMP investigations. Mills has also been remanded and is awaiting her court appearance on May 22 in Calgary.

Corporal Troy Savinkoff with the Cochrane RCMP Crime Reduction Unit says that the joint efforts by RCMP and CPS have led to the arrest of these individuals.  "This investigation is a prime example of our two police forces working together to combat inter-jurisdictional property crime offenders."

Calgary Police Service Staff Sergeant Jodi Gach goes onto say that "A tenacious investigation connected these two suspects to a plethora of property crime files including break and enters, stealing vehicles and other property, spanning from downtown and west Calgary to Cochrane." Gach goes on to say "We know thieves don’t stick to jurisdictional boundaries and we are grateful for the assistance of our partners at the RCMP in putting a stop to this prolific behaviour."